Not The Only Test in Town
While the IIHS’ tests are robust, they aren’t the only authority when it comes to assessing the safety attributes of new cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) also puts new cars through a suite of crash tests and provides their own ratings as well.
Called the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP), NHTSA’s tests have specifics and rating all of their own, but rarely do they contradict what the IIHS finds. Looking at ratings gathered from both organizations will help you understand how safe, or unsafe your potential new car will be.